Yuri (Command and Conquer)

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Yuri is a male character that features in Command and Conquer.



Yuri was a member of a group of telepaths gathered by Premier Joseph Stalin. The group underwent training that allowed each member to engage in mind control, and was used by Stalin to achieve political goals. Yuri's history prior to his participation in said group, as well as the fate of the other telepaths, remains unknown. Presumably, they formed the backbone of the Psychic Corps headed by Yuri after he worked his way up until he became the adviser to Soviet Premier Romanov.

After the Allies had won, Yuri returned and served as an antagonist to both the Allies and the Soviets. Yuri then resurfaces with an army of his own and a plot to take over the world with mind-controlling Psychic Dominators affecting nearly every country. Yuri personally announces the activation of this network to President Dugan. The latter orders an airstrike on the nearest Dominator, damaging its power generator and saving the San Francisco area and his command center from falling under Yuri's control. However, the majority of humanity succumbs to Yuri's dominance permanently. The Allies and Soviets both take up arms against Yuri, using the Allied-built time machine to travel back in time and stop Yuri from carrying out his plan.

In the Soviet campaign, Yuri, unharmed by the Soviet attack on his lair, attempts to escape into the past using the time machine he captured in San Francisco, stating that time was his 'to command and conquer'. However, Lt. Zofia drains the power reserves into the time machine, resulting in a similar effect the Soviets faced when first experimenting with the time machine. The result is that Yuri is trapped in the Cretaceous period for good, where the time machine is attacked by a T. rex. It is to be presumed that the bewildered and frightened Yuri is subsequently devoured off-screen. In the Allied campaign, the Allies capture Yuri in Antarctica and haul him to prison. There he is put inside Doctor Einstein's latest invention, the Psychic Isolation Chamber, which is used to strip Yuri of his mind control abilities, guarded by security personnel with headsets that block psychic transmission. There, it is assumed Yuri remains in prison for the rest of his life. As General Carville put it: "He won't be able to mind control a fly."


Personality and attributes

Powers and abilities

Yuri is capable of exerting immense psychic control over his targets, but this only seems to be possible due to his array of bizarre machinery and personal augmentations, which he can use to influence individuals across the globe. Yuri himself appears to have been cybernetically enhanced, and his shaved head is fitted with what is apparently a surgically-attached mechanism to his cerebral cortex to enhance his personal psychic skills. The mechanism consists of a metal band stretching across the top of his skull from ear to ear, with another metal band around the back of his neck. These two bands are connected by six black cables, which appear to have an important function; the final cutscene of the Allied missions in Yuri's Revenge reveals that the Allies have removed the cables, and Yuri is no longer capable of projecting psychic control over others, though it may be possible that it is because of his chamber or special headgear on the guards.

Yuri is capable of influencing select individuals across the globe by using a modified telephone, consisting of a standard rotary phone handpiece with a spiral transmitter attached to the earpiece. In Red Alert 2, Yuri first uses the machine to phone the commander of an American ICBM base during the Soviet invasion, psychically controlling him to ensure that the hatch doesn't open when the missiles launch. He is later seen using the phone to control General Vladimir, who falls under Yuri's psychic control despite not having an earpiece or using a phoneline at the time. In Red Alert 2:Yuri's Revenge, Yuri uses the same telephone to contact Lt. Eva, learning of the secret meeting of world leaders being held in London.

In Red Alert 2, it is revealed that Yuri has at his disposal several machines which are capable of independently relaying psychic energy. The Psychic Beacon is a large machine capable of mind-controlling people within a considerable range, including the entire garrison of New York City. The Psychic Amplifier is a much larger device capable of mind-controlling an entire continent, but is destroyed by the Allies in Chicago while still under construction. In Yuri's Revenge, Yuri has at his disposal more psychic machinery, including Psychic Radar (available to the Soviets in Red Alert 2 as the "Psychic Sensor") and Psychic Dominators, but he rarely uses Beacons or Amplifiers (with the exception of two missions in the Soviet campaign). In Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge, he planned to use Psychic Dominators in his bid for world domination.


  • Yuri was portrayed in the live-action cutscenes by actor Udo Kier.
  • According to former C&C designer Adam Isgreen, Yuri was originally intended to be an acolyte of Kane's, who was "sucked into a chrono-vortex that was created by a Chronosphere that GDI inadvertently activated" [1] at some point in Westwood Studio's version of C&C3.


  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2:

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